What’s The Point?

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God &emdash; this is your spiritual act of worship. (Romans 12:1)

This is Paul’s definition of true worship. He wasn’t caught up with believers in the early church having “experiences in worship” at the weekly gatherings; instead, he said true worship was with one’s life. In reference to the assembly, Paul’s concern was that each member left encouraged and edified, filled up to return to the world and worship God with their lives.

Is our habit of centralizing worship in the assembly, a concept foreign to the New Testament, distracting the church from its primary purpose? Is community being sacrificed?

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